Sensory System - Abnormalities

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How and why do things go wrong in sensory development?

This is a start page for sensory abnormalities, this topic is covered in depth on specific sensory system abnormality pages. Currently the main content relates to hearing and vision.

Sensory Abnormality Links: hearing abnormalities | vision abnormalities | smell abnormalities | taste abnormalities | touch abnormalities

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Historic Embryology  
1915 Congenital Cardiac Disease | 1917 Frequency of Anomalies in Human Embryos | 1920 Hydatiform Degeneration Tubal Pregnancy | 1921 Anencephalic Embryo | 1921 Rat and Man | 1966 Congenital Malformations

Some Recent Findings

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  • Sensory processing in preterm preschoolers and its association with executive function[1] "Preterm children (≤34weeks of gestation; n=54) and full term controls (≥37weeks of gestation; n=73) ages 3-5years. OUTCOME MEASURES: Sensory processing was assessed with the Short Sensory Profile. Executive function was assessed with (1) parent ratings on the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function - Preschool version and (2) a performance-based battery of tasks. Adaptive function was assessed with the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-II. RESULTS: Preterm preschoolers showed significantly more sensory symptoms than full term controls. A higher percentage of preterm than full term preschoolers had elevated numbers of sensory symptoms (37% vs. 12%). Sensory symptoms in preterm preschoolers were associated with scores on executive function measures, but were not significantly associated with adaptive function. Preterm preschoolers exhibited more sensory symptoms than full term controls. Preterm preschoolers with elevated numbers of sensory symptoms also showed executive function impairment. Future research should further examine whether sensory processing and executive function should be considered independent or overlapping constructs."
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Search term: Abnormal Sensory Development

Yimin Zhang, Benjamin W B Holman, Eric N Ponnampalam, Matthew G Kerr, Kristy L Bailes, Ashleigh K Kilgannon, Damian Collins, David L Hopkins Understanding beef flavour and overall liking traits using two different methods for determination of thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS). Meat Sci.: 2018, 149;114-119 PubMed 30502609

Tetsuji Takabayashi, Yukie Tanaka, Dai Susuki, Kanako Yoshida, Kaori Tomita, Masafumi Sakashita, Yoshimasa Imoto, Yukinori Kato, Norihiko Narita, Tsugihisa Nakayama, Shinichi Haruna, Robert P Schleimer, Shigeharu Fujieda Increased expression of L-plastin in nasal polyp of patients with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug exacerbated respiratory disease. Allergy: 2018; PubMed 30479022

Xue-Fei Zhang, Xia He, Lei Wu, Chu-Juan Liu, Wen Wu Altered functional connectivity of amygdala with the fronto-limbic-striatal circuit in temporal lobe lesion as a proposed mechanism for post-stroke depression. Am J Phys Med Rehabil: 2018; PubMed 30394890

Paola Fortugno, Francesco Angelucci, Gianluca Cestra, Letizia Camerota, Angelo Salvatore Ferraro, Sonia Cordisco, Luigi Uccioli, Daniele Castiglia, Barbara De Angelis, Ingo Kurth, Uwe Kornak, Francesco Brancati Recessive mutations in the neuronal isoforms of DST, encoding dystonin, lead to abnormal actin cytoskeleton organization and HSAN type VI. Hum. Mutat.: 2018; PubMed 30371979

Alisson R Teles, Don Daniel Ocay, Abdulaziz Bin Shebreen, Andrew Tice, Neil Saran, Jean A Ouellet, Catherine E Ferland EVIDENCE OF IMPAIRED PAIN MODULATION IN ADOLESCENTS WITH IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS AND CHRONIC BACK PAIN. Spine J: 2018; PubMed 30343045


  1. Jenna N Adams, Heidi M Feldman, Lynne C Huffman, Irene M Loe Sensory processing in preterm preschoolers and its association with executive function. Early Hum. Dev.: 2015, 91(3);227-233 PubMed 25706317

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